Sanchez’s 2-run homer lifts Padres to 5-3 win vs. Giants (Jul 15, 2017)

SAN DIEGO (AP) Madison Bumgarner was back on the mound after three long months away. The San Francisco Giants left-hander was making his first start since April 19 at Kansas City. The next day, he wiped out while riding a dirt bike on a day off in Denver, spraining the AC joint in his left shoulder and suffering bruised ribs.

He pitched seven innings Saturday night and left with the score tied at 3 after allowing four hits, including home runs to Matt Szczur and Jabari Blash, while striking out five and walking two.

The San Diego Padres won the game 5-3 on Hector Sanchez’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.

”I felt pretty good the whole time and we kind of gradually built up to it,” said Bumgarner, who threw 102 pitches. ”I knew I wasn’t going to be able to get much over 100, or they wouldn’t have let me anyway. So yeah if you can get out there for seven, I’ll take that any time.”

The lefty retired the first seven batters before Szczur homered to left, his third. Bumgarner walked Carlos Asuaje leading off the fourth and retired the next two batters before Blash drove a two-run shot an estimated 424 feet to straightaway center field for a 3-2 lead. It was

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